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E-Mail Grief Support Groups
Our grief support groups operate 24-hours/day, 365 days/year. Members participate when they wish and are able to, not at a set time. When one member of a group sends an email message to the group, everyone in the group receives a copy. This allows many people to respond with love and caring to the thoughts and feelings of an individual, day and night, year-round. Since 1994 these groups have helped thousands of people around the world deal safely with their grief. You may wish to read some of our testimonials.
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All of our grief support groups are monitored by trained volunteers who make sure that the groups are running smoothly. Overall supervision is provided by Cendra Lynn, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and traumatologist.

You may subscribe to any email group that interests you. New groups are formed whenever there is a need for them. We request $10 per month per group for membership in our support groups, but no one is turned away if they suffer financial hardship. Those who donate more support those who cannot afford even this small amount. We are supported by the bereaved, for the bereaved.

RESEARCHERS please do not solicit responses from our users in support groups. Instead please see our page on researching using GriefNet.

Grief Support Groups List - Read / Print Group Guidelines
Click the links below to go directly to a section , or browse all the descriptions by scrolling down the page. There is a join link after each group description:
For Children:

kids-to-kids is our email support group for children dealing with any loss, ages 12 and under. Adults may lurk but only kids may send messages. Kids who want to join should have a parent's permission to join. Kids under 18 will have their parent or guardian contacted by GriefNet to confirm their permission for the kid to join.
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k2k-teens is our email support group for children dealing with any loss, ages 13 through 18. Adults may lurk but only kids may send messages. Kids who want to join should have a parent's permission to join. Kids under 18 will have their parent or guardian contacted by GriefNet to confirm their permission for the kid to join.
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Loss of spouse or partner:

grief-widowed is an email support group for anyone who has lost a partner or a spouse at any age, at any time, of any sexual orientation.
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widowed-with-kids is our email support group for those who have lost a partner or spouse who still have children living at home. This is a place where the unique problems of parenting when widowed can be discussed.
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griefwidowed-movingon is our email support group for anyone who has lost a partner or a spouse at any age, at any time, of any sexual orientation, and who has moved on beyond the first raw stages of dealing with that loss. This list was formed at the request of people in grief-widowed group whose issues have become different from those who are newly bereaved. Some persons subscribe to both lists.
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young-widowed is an email support group for those aged 40 or under who have lost a spouse or partner. Please note: the age cut-off is only suggested; those who feel themselves to fit into this category are welcome.
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widowed-gay is our email support group for gays who have lost a partner to death or whose partner is currently dying. Gays are also welcome in our other widowed groups and while we have never had a homophobic incident, this group was created in response to a special request from some gay widowed members.
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Loss of child:

grieving-parents is our general parents email support group for parents who have had a child of any age die from any cause, whether recently or long ago.
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Other groups have spun off from these two groups. Topics in these bereaved parents groups overlap, and you are welcome to join as many of these lists as you wish. They are:

griefparents-accidents is an email support group for parents whose children have died due to some accidental cause.
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griefparents-adultchild is an email support group for parents whose children were adults when they died
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griefparents-neonate is an email support group for parents whose children died due to miscarriage, still birth, or died as neonates (soon after being born)
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griefparents-onlychild is an email support group for parents whose only child has died
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griefparents-suicide is an email support group for parents whose child died of suicide
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griefparents-newbirth is an email support group for parents who are dealing with subsequent attempts to conceive, pregnancy and birth of a child after having had a child die. Many parents dealing with subsequent pregnancies and births have a unique set of emotions and problems to deal with. Often it is not comfortable to share these issues on other bereaved parents' lists. This is a place where it is safe to do so.
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griefparents-substances is an email support group for parents who have had a child die as a result of or in relation to substance abuse.
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griefparents-movingon is an email support group for anyone who has lost a child and who has moved on beyond the first raw stages of dealing with that loss. This list was formed at the request of people in our bereaved parents' groups whose issues have become different from those who are newly bereaved. Some persons will subscribe to both groups.
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birth-mothers is an email support group and discussion group for women who have put a baby up for adoption, whether recently or long ago.
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grief-choice is our email support group for women who have had an abortion. This group is not open to anyone else, and the approval of the list-owner is required in order to join.
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Loss of a parent:

adult-parents is an email support group for adults who have lost a parent at any time, now or in the past, whether as an adult or as a child, and for those whose parents are chronically or terminally ill. This group often includes those who have lost grandparents or other beloved parent figures.
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adultparents-movingon is an email support group for adults who have lost a parent and whose grief is no longer acute and raw, but painful and in need of care.
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Loss of sibling or friend:

adult-sibs is an email support group for adults and older adolescents who have had a sibling die, whether recently or long ago.
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grief-friends is an email support group created in the memory of Richard Weigel, 26 June 1960 - 15 June 1999, a dear friend of our webmaster. The loss of a friend is not recognized socially, though the loss of a friend can leave a bigger hole in our lives than the loss of family. This group is a place where one can grieve this very special loss with others who have experienced the loss of their friends.
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Losses related to health:

grief-health is our email support group for those dealing with a physical loss, such as traumatic brain injury, PTSD, chronic illness or disability, or loss of a body part or function. This is not for support of a particular illness or disability, but for adjusting to the realization that you do not have the health or abilities you might wish for.
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medical-errors is an email support group for those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one due to medical and hospital mistakes, including medical negligence or misdiagnosis. This group includes not only the loved ones left behind due to death, but also those who have suffered a permanent disability or change in health related to medical negligence or mistake.
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Unique losses:

griefcoping-substanceabuse is an email support group for persons dealing with the death of a loved one due to their substance abuse.
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grief-pets is an email support group for anyone dealing with the loss of a pet--any pet, whether the loss is recent or not, or even the imminent death of a pet.
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grief-violence is an email support group for persons who have lost loved ones due to violence, including murder.
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grief-suicide is an email support group for people who have lost friends or family to suicide.
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murder-suicide is an email support group for anyone who has lost a loved one or loved ones to murder/suicide. This is when someone murders one or more people and then takes their own life. Survivors of this type of loss have additional issues to deal with beyond those of survivors of suicide or survivors of homicide.
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Working with the bereaved:

grief-colleagues is an email discussion and support group to provide a place for anyone working with the bereaved to find colleagues to talk to. It does not matter whether you have 25 years experience or just began last week. The value of having colleagues to bounce ideas off of, seek information from, or ask for advice, cannot be overstated.
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